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Russell Brand

Occupation: Comedian, political activist and actor

Nationality: English

Born: June 4, 1975 (39)

Brand first came to public attention as the eccentric host of Big Brother companion show Big Mouth from 2004 to 2007, although he previously worked as an MTV VJ until he was fired for coming to work dressed as Osama Bin Laden the day after 9/11.

Other notable controversies from his career include 'Sachsgate' - his infamous prank phone calls with Jonathan Ross to Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs - as well as his death threat-inducing hosting role at the 2008 MTV VMAs awards ceremony.

A former drug addict, sex addict and alcoholic, Brand has also featured in several major motion pictures including Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek and Rock Of Ages.

Brand, who was married to popstar Katy Perry between October 2010 and December 2011, has devoted an increasing amount of time to political and social causes, airing his views on current affairs programmes such as Question Time and Newsnight and launching his own daily YouTube series called The Trews.

Star says "ineffective" drug laws meant that Hoffman's death was inevitable. Brand: 'Hoffman is victim of drug laws' Publisher News UK insists it "stands by its story" amidst comedian's lawsuit. Russell Brand suing The Sun on Sunday Roughly 3.64m watched Dan Osborne and Danielle Lloyd triumph on ITV's Splash!. The Voice tops ratings with 7.6m Kelly Brook and Ellie Goulding are also snapped at the Brooklyn Bowl. Lily Allen: Today's Celebrity Pictures Comedian says he hasn't been "trying to nail everyone" since dating Khan. Brand: 'Khan relationship is different' Lena Dunham, Kate Moss, Russell Brand in today's celebrity pictures. Dunham, more: Today's Celebrity Pictures Comedian tells students at the university's Union that "revolution is coming". Brand calls Cambridge students 'poofs' Jennifer Lopez, Russell Brand, Abbey Clancy in today's celebrity pictures. J-Lo, Brand: Today's Celebrity Pictures Katy Perry says goodbye to mansion shared with Russell Brand. Perry sells home with Brand for $5.65m The singer says going on a cleanse was helpful but "devastating". Katy Perry quit booze after Brand split Singer also describes boyfriend John Mayer as a "fantastic partner". Katy Perry talks starting a family The X Factor boss suggests Brand needs to act on his words. Cowell mocks Russell Brand 'revolution' The comedian compares Rupert Murdoch to Adolf Hitler in an online post. Russell Brand hits out at 'The Sun' The 10 O'Clock Show star comments on comedians dabbling in politics. Brooker: 'Comics too needy for politics' Digital Spy guides you through some possible replacements for the comedian. Brit Awards - who should replace Corden? Comedian also jokes that he will return his 'Shagger of the Year' awards. Brand: "I'm suing The Sun on Sunday" Comedian again denies allegations that he slept with Celebrity Big Brother star. Brand on 'fraudulent' Lauren Harries claims A passport error forces the comic to postpone his upcoming Johannesburg gig. Russell Brand refused South Africa entry The Chris Rock-produced chat show is not returning for a third season. W Kamau Bell chat show cancelled The comic slams David Cameron and George Osborne for being "mean and tight". Russell Brand calls PM a "posh w**ker" Comedian has always denied Celebrity Big Brother star's claims of a fling. Harries: 'Russell Brand won't admit fling' Comedian Chris Ramsey talks to DS about his new tour and the return of Hebburn. Ramsey: Comics scared after Sachsgate Their appearance fuels speculation about a possible romance between the pair. Brand, Khan attend documentary screening The Last Leg host Adam Hills welcomes the voting debate started by comedians. Russell Brand 'challenged the elite' The comedian tweets a picture of himself wearing the group's trademark mask. Russell Brand joins Anonymous march After Huey Morgan throws a strop, we take a look at more memorable Buzzcocks moments. 15 outrageous 'Buzzcocks' moments The comic says that he should have challenged store owner Philip Green. Russell Brand regrets Topshop party The comic hits back in his political debate with the Peep Show star. Brand responds to Robert Webb article Dizzee Rascal, Katie Price, Russell Brand and more provide memorable interviews. 8 unexpected 'Newsnight' moments The Peep Show star tells Brand to "please read some f**king Orwell". Robert Webb challenges Russell Brand The musician is interviewed by the New Statesman about politics. Noel Gallagher: 'Ed Balls can lick mine' Russell Brand tried to kick-start a revolution on Newsnight. Brand v Paxman on Newsnight: 7 best bits The comic guest edits the latest edition of the New Statesman. Russell Brand 'never voted in elections' 'By the Grace of God' hears the star talk explicitly about her divorce. Katy Perry talks Russell Brand split song The singer admits she spent weeks in bed and felt "shattered" following divorce. Katy Perry "f**ked" after Brand split As the scandal reaches a milestone, we look at Russell Brand's proudest, funniest moments. Sachsgate 5 years on: Why we love Brand True to its namesake, the album displays the full spectrum of Perry's emotions. Katy Perry's album: What's the verdict? Morrissey attends a nervous Russell Brand's stand-up gig in London. Russell Brand praises hero Morrissey The comedian's issue of the magazine will explore the theme of revolution. Russell Brand edits 'New Statesman' Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer star in the film. Diablo Cody's Paradise debuts two clips